Ground-breaking start for new-look leisure centre

25 Feb 2015

A ceremony to mark the official start of construction work for the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Swan Pool and Leisure Centre in Buckingham took place today (25 February).


The Chairman of Aylesbury Vale District Council, Councillor Michael Rand, led the ground breaking on the site accompanied by Jonathan Winter, Regional Managing Director of main contractors Balfour Beatty.


They were among a number of leading representatives from organisations involved in the £2.6 million project, including Everyone Active, the council’s leisure operator, and Artelia UK, the council’s technical advisors, to witness the occasion.


Councillor Howard Mordue, Cabinet Member for Leisure at AVDC, said: “The new-look Swan Pool and Leisure Centre will be a fantastic resource for this and future generations. It will be fit for the 21st century and beyond and I am sure people will want to use this modern facility that will enhance people’s lives and make them healthier. The start-on-site ceremony is a marvellous milestone for the project and will set in motion the hard work that will begin in making our vision for the centre become a reality.”


Improvements include redeveloping and enlarging the changing village, creating a new and separate dry side changing area and installing a climbing wall. The gymnasium will also be extended and the reception area will be modernised and include a larger spectating area.


The project is intended to be as environmentally friendly as possible, making use of sustainable technologies, and work will be phased with the aim of keeping as many facilities open throughout the improvement programme as possible.


Kris Wadley, Construction Manager, Balfour Beatty, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Aylesbury Vale District Council and Everyone Active to deliver the new look Swan Pool Leisure Centre. Balfour Beatty and our supply chain partners are proud to be part of the team delivering such a valuable community resource for the residents and communities of Buckingham and Aylesbury Vale.”


The redevelopment is being funded by both a £500,000 Sport England grant and the council’s capital programme and is expected to be completed by early 2016.


Everyone Active manages the centre and will work alongside AVDC, which owns the property, to deliver the improvement project.


Christine Coppack, Contract Manager for Everyone Active, said: “We are committed to providing the best facilities and service possible for our customers and as such are thrilled that the multi-million pound redevelopment is underway. The project will greatly improve the quality of leisure services for the local community and we hope this will have a knock-on effect on activity levels in the area.”

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